EPISODE 48: Processing my Friend’s Death by Suicide with Cameron Rosenblum

**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.

In this episode, Cameron Kelly Rosenblum joins me to talk about grieving the loss of her highschool friend after finding out later than most that she died by suicide.

Cameron is the author of the YA novel The Stepping Off Place, which was named a Kirkus Best Book of 2020 and a Best Book About Mental Health. It was released in paperback in June 2022. The Sharp Edge of Silence, her second YA with Quill Tree, will be published in April, 2023. Cameron lives on the Maine Coast with her husband and two children. 

Listen in as we talk about:

  • [3:10] Cameron’s journey in finding out late that her friend had died by suicide
  • [9:00] The early signs of suicide, and the shame and stigma that accompanies it 
  • [16:00] Writing her novel and allowing it to transform her grief
  • [28:05] Writing from the survivor’s perspective 
  • [33:30] How her friend’s death impacted the way Cameron viewed the world
  • [40:15] What self love looks like for Cameron through grief

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